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America’s Hebraic Heritage And Roots

America’s Hebraic Heritage and the Founding Of Her 13 Colonies

1. By 1503, Columbus thought he had discovered China and Japan. He

compared himself to Moses many times in his personal diary. Moses
never entered the Promised Land to which he led the people of
2. In 1499, Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian who helped outfit Columbus’
voyages, began making similar journeys across Atlantic. He made a
total of three journeys – one to Venezuela and the other two to Brazil.
Even though he never formally commanded an expedition, it is he
who is credited as being the first to recognize Columbus’ discovery
was actually another land, previously unknown.
3. In 1507, America appeared on a map for the first time after
Waldeesmuller, a German mapmaker, read Vespucci letters and
decided that Vespucci had discovered a fourth part of the world and
it should be called “AMERICA” after him since Europe and Asia got
their names from women. America means in Hebrew “the lands of
the covenant.” In Italian America means “rich in wheat.”
4. The Spanish never really concentrated on colonizing the new land
because of their lust for gold and wanting to enslave the Indians of
Central and South America.
5. The English began, timidly at first, exploring North America. In 1497,
an Italian named John Cabot sailed from Bristol, England aboard the
“MATTHEW.” Cabot was commissioned by English King Henry VII
and on June 24, 1497 founded Newfoundland for the English. This
marked Britain’s first efforts at colonizing the New World. It would
forever impact the world AND Israel!
6. The first Bible reference to Britain is the name TARSHISH. Tarshish
was a great-grandson of Noah, whose descendants migrated to
Western Europe, Spain and the British Isles. There was a city in
southern Spain called Tartessus, which was often visited by
Phoenician merchants. Some think this was the ancient Tarshish. It
was known for its tin trade (Ezekiel 27:12). Ezekiel also mentions
Tarshish and her “young lions.” The mother lion is Tarshish.
Britain’s emblem is the lion.
7. Judges 5:17 informs us that the Jewish tribe of DAN owned ships.
Because they lived on the Mediterranean coast, the Danites were
likely expert martimers. Dan’s tribal inheritance was the port city of
Joppa. The Danites were later forced to migrate north, where they
occupied Bashan, or the Golan Heights, as we know it today. (Deut.
33:22). The team “leap” in Deuteronomy 33 means “to gush out.”
8. Irish history refers to a people called Tuatha de Danaan. Tuatha
means “people of God.” Dunn in the Irish language means “judge.”
This is also the Hebrew meaning of “Dan.”
9. Some bible scholars speculate (and this is just speculation) that
during the Assyrian invasion of the northern kingdom, a small group
of people from the tribe of Dan fled in boats (leapt from Bashan) and
landed in Britain. This may have some weight in seeing why the Lord
chose Britain to birth what we know today as America. Britain had a
strong Jewish influence on its origin as well.
10. Israelites were known to be covenant people. The Hebrew word for
“brit,” is “COVENANT.” In Hebrew “ish” means “MAN.” British
means, “covenant man” in Hebrew. According to early Jewish
American history, after the Spanish inquisition and expulsion on
March 31, 1492 many Jewish people fled to Britain.
11. In 1502, a Jewish man named Juan Sanchez de Saragossa was
awarded a trading license to promote trade and settlement in the
New World. Some believe he came to America.
12. Some believe that Cortez, the expeditionary who founded Mexico,
had help from converted Jews seeking freedom in the New World.
Some of these who helped Cortez, fled to Texas and New Mexico,
areas that were to become part of America.
13. Jewish people had settled on American soil over 100 years before
the land at New Amsterdam in 1654, which marked the first
colonization of America.
14. America seems to fit into God’s plan to restore Israel by allowing it to
become the great protector of His people and to spread the gospel to
the four corners of the earth.
15. In the mid –1500s Queen Elizabeth I of England began to embark on
what Cabot started in 1497. In 1578, Sir Walter Raleigh, Elizabeth’s
favorite courtier, sailed with his half brother Sir Humphrey Gilbert to
America. The Hebrew year meant “to stretch out and extend.” It also
meant “to initiate or launch or to send a plague.”
16. In 1585 Raleigh sent out an expedition to settle on Roanoke Island in
present day North Carolina. In that group was a Bohemian Jewish
man named Joachim Ganz. Ganz was a prospector in this small
expedition, which did not last long.
17. In 1587, Raleigh sent another expedition of over 100 men and women
which became known as “THE LOST COLONY.” This colony just
disappeared because mother England sent no support for two years.
1587 on the Hebrew Calendar means “the desolation, or the ruin.”
18. In December 1606 – three ships left for England for the New World
carrying 144 men. Among them was a minister – Robert Hunt.
19. In May 1607 they sailed into Chesapeake Bay and up the James River
for FORTY miles.
20. On May 14, 1607 they landed on the spot known as JAMESTOWN, the
21. May 14th is the same that that 341 years later Israel was founded in
1948! What a connection.
22. Jamestown was named after King James I – the King James who
commissioned the translation of the Bible into English, hence the
1611 King James Bible. The name James is the English version of
the name Jacob, or in Hebrew “Ya’akov.”
23. In 1626 Captain John Smith wrote a history of Virginia and New
England. In this history Smith referred to King James as “Jaccobus,”
referring to Jacob, who later became Israel. Because of this name
association, it is not a stretch to say that the first English colony in
the New World was named after Israel, the father of the original
twelve tribes of Israel.
24. Just as the 12 tribes sprang forth from Israel (JACOB), 12 of the
original 13 colonies came from Virginia, which was chartered
through King James (JACOBBUS).
25. The first colony had eerie similarities as the Jacob of the bible in its
supplanting and deception. It kidnapped Pocahontas and held her for
ransom demanding the Indians give them food. This was their
method of survival. They took what belonged to others (SOUND
26. In May 1610 a new Governor Lord De la Warr, made the colonists
return to the settlement with discipline a work ethic and church
services. These practices saved the first English colony, which
became a very wealthy colony over time. America would pay a great
price later though for this colony’s treacherous policy of slavery.
27. On May 15, 1602 another group embarked on discovery lead by an
English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold. He discovered Cape Cod
where current day Massachusetts is located. On May 15, 1948 Israel
officially became a nation. On his voyage Gosnold sailed from Maine
to the Narragansett Bay to what is now called Rhode Island. He
named Cape Cod and some of the islands in the sound including
Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands. Gosnold was
instrumental in helping establish Jamestown in 1607.
28. Some 18 years after Gosnold’s discovery and 13 years after
Jamestown, the Pilgrims, intending to settle at the mouth of the
Hudson River, were blown off course at sea.
29. On November 9, 1620, they landed about 100 miles north of their
destination at Cape Cod. On November 11, 1620 they dropped anchor
in the waters of the Cape after much prayer and knowledge the Lord
did not want them to proceed to the Hudson.
30. It was here the Mayflower Compact was established which came
from the English Magna Carta and same principle of government
established in our Declaration of Independence and later in the U.S.
Constitution. It was signed on November 11, 1620.
31. On December 21, 1620, after scouting for the best place to settle, a
group of TEN men stepped onto Plymouth Rock and made history. It
was if someone had cleared it, used it, and then left it for them
supernaturally. It had four sources of water, great for planting corn
and had a harbor deep enough for shipping. THIS WAS THE SECOND
DAY OF HANUKKAH, the Jewish celebration of rededicating God’s
house and great miracles.
32. There are tremendous stories of miracles during the time at
Plymouth Rock.
33. The first person on record to use the word “American” was Cotton
Mather, a Puritan minister. The Puritans began to immigrate to the
New World in 1628. They defined what God was looking for in a
people and nation. They also influenced our current system of
government. The American Revolution began in the area where the
Puritans settled. These are covenant-based principles in the Torah of
godly living and Biblical principles. The Hebrew name for the United
States of America means “lands of the covenant.”
34. In 1628, John Endicott, born in Cornwall, England, with six other men
to obtain the grant of the Massachusetts Bay Charter, landed in the
New World. They named their settlement in honor of the ancient city
that became Jerusalem – SALEM. They did this according to
historical records “to commemorate the first covenant between God
and mankind.” (Gen. 14:18)
35. The founders of Salem considered themselves to be the spiritual
heirs of the Old Testament, or new Israelites. They likened their
leaving England as Israel leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea.
One colonial assembly referred to the American people as “God’s
American Israel.”
36. John Winthrop arrived as Governor of Salem of 1630. Winthrop and
about 900 other colonists went on to settle Charlestown. This same
group later established Boston, the heart of the American Revolution
that was to come.
37. Mather referred to Winthrop as “Nehemias Americanus,” the
American Nehemiah.
38. Many of the early Puritan ministers were well versed in the Hebrew
language. It is interesting that some of America’s founders
considered making Hebrew the official language of America. The
language seems to have played an important role in the development
of early New England. Hebrew is found on the seals of schools such
as Columbia and Dartmouth. Harvard University, founded by the
Puritans in 1636, considered Hebrew to be a critical part of higher
learning. From Harvard’s beginning, Hebrew was taught by the
presidents, of whom it was said that some were better Hebraists than
the Jews. John Endicott wanted to make the Mosaic Law the basis of
law in Massachusetts. Many of the young men wore ear locks,
reminiscent of the ear locks prescribed by the Mosaic Law and worn
by Orthodox Jews today.
39. The main reason that the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 occurred was
because of the Puritan’s attempt of enforce the Mosaic Law. The Law
of Moses says that you must not “suffer a witch to live.” (Exodus
22:18). It is safe to say that the Hebrew Scriptures were at the heart
of Puritan society. Hebrew, the language of Israel, was emphasized a
new vineyard, America.
40. From the autumn of 1628 to 1629 (Hebrew year 5389) there was
intense persecution in England brought upon the Puritans. In 1628
William Laud was appointed bishop of the Church of England and
began aiding King Charles I in suppressing the Puritans. This settled
the issue of whether or not the Puritans should remain in England. It
was this oppression that caused almost a “SECOND EXODUS” from
England to the New World. Hebrew year 5389 means “to plead, or to
41. In 1636 Roger Williams and Thomas Hooker founded the colonies of
Rhode Island and Connecticut. Both supported the codes of
Massachusetts. Connecticut’s emblem is a vineyard that has three
grapevines representing a vineyard!
42. In 1675-1676 the Puritans began to compromise their standards and
war erupted. Chief Metacomet of the Wampanoag tribe led King
Phillip’s War. His father Massasoit had befriended the settlers 50
years earlier. The war was bloody but it did two things. It filled the
churches with praying, repentant people and it taught the settlers
how to fight a war, which would come in handy 100 years later during
the war for America’s independence.
43. Both the Indian and the Revolutionary wars began with years ending
in “5” – 1675-1676 and 1775-1776 and were 100 years apart. Both
wars taught settlers how to fight like the Indians. The British wore
heavy clothing and stood in formation in an open field. The Indians
wore light clothes and hid to ambush the enemy. Thirdly, both wars
were fought in Puritan New England.
44. In 1675 a prophetic preview of what was to come 100 years later
happened when Nathaniel Bacon, a leader of a band of colonists
rebelling against Britain tyranny and taxation led a revolt against Sir
William Berkeley, the governor who had a monopoly on fur trade.
Bacon burned Jamestown in 1676. He fought in Virginia and ended in
Yorktown. 100 years later the American Revolution ended in the
same spot.

Key Dates In Summary:

§ 1497 – Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh make first serious
attempt by England to colonize America. Hebrew year means “to stretch
§ 1499 – Amerigo Vespucci discovers South America. Given credit for
discovering America by German mapmaker.
1507– Columbus gives up discovery. Thinks he’s found Japan or China
instead of America.
§ First time America is listed on a map.
§ 1578 - Sir Walter Raleigh, Elizabeth’s favorite courtier, sails with his half
brother Sir Humphrey Gilbert to America. The Hebrew year meant “to
stretch out and extend.” It also meant “to initiate or launch or to send a
§ 1585 - Raleigh settles Roanoke Island in present day North Carolina.
With a group that includes a Bohemian Jewish man named Joachim
§ 1587 – Lost colony goes missing without a trace near Roanoke Island.
Hebrew year means “the year of desolation and ruin.”
§ December 1606 – First ship leaves from England for serious expedition
to America. Group includes Robert Hunt, a minister. Trip begins during
time of Hanukkah celebration.
§ May 14, 1607 – Same group establishes first American colony,
Jamestown – May 14, 1948 is the day Israel established as a nation.
§ May 15, 1620 – Gosnold discovers Cape Cod. May 15, 1948 – the day
Israel is declared a nation by United Nations.
§ November 9, 1620 – First Pilgrims embark on trip to New World.
§ December 16, 1620 – Step foot on Plymouth Rock. This is the second
day of Hanukkah, 1620.
§ 1628 – Cotton Mather uses the term “American” for first time.
§ 1630 - Endicott establishes Salem, Massachusetts in honor of
Jerusalem and covenant Abraham made with Melchizedek.
§ Autumn of 1628-1629 – Severe persecution in England of Puritans.
Hebrew year 5389 means “to judge.”
§ 1636 – Rhode Island and Connecticut founded by Roger Williams and
Thomas Hooker. Connecticut makes vineyard state seal.
§ 1675-1676 – King Phillip’s War – brings Puritans back to God and
prepares them for Revolutionary War 100 years later.
§ 1675 – Nathaniel Bacon leads first “rebellion” against Britain authority
in preview of coming war with the motherland. Burns Jamestown and
winds up in Yorktown – an eerie foreshadowing of events later when
American colonists start war in Virginia and end up in Yorktown for
war’s finally 100 years later.

SCRIPTURES: Ezekiel 27:12

Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin,
and lead, they traded in thy fairs.

Ezekiel 38:13
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say
unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry
away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Deut. 33:22
And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.